Employees and friends of Meybohm Real Estate descended on the Crowne Plaza hotel Friday evening to celebrate 2019's highlights, including more than $1 billion in sales for the year, and to share encouragement for the road ahead.
Among the year's most prominent award winners in Aiken County were Tera Velasco, Sharer Dale, Gail Gingrey, Suzy Haslup, Mary Pate, Donna Taylor and the Sullivan-Turner and Aiken Homes teams. All were honored for their "Best of the Best" status. Dale, Gingrey and Velasco also were named as top agents for their respective offices.
"Elite" status for South Carolina's Meybohm representatives went to the the team of Vikki Crossland and Brandi Cook (platinum), Dale (gold), Gingrey (silver) and the North Augusta-based team of Ginger Davis and Donna Joyner (bronze).
"The economy's really good right now, and that's really helped buyers and sellers," Velasco said. "I'm very happy to see the way that real estate has been moving – the new projects also coming on in 2020 for our North Augusta area ... I believe advertising and hard work are pretty much how we were able to be blessed with the awards that we got this year, and just serving our clients – actually listening to our clients and finding out what their needs are and doing our best to provide what is out there currently on the market."
The company's data from 2019 through 272 active agents, included 620 sales of new homes, representing $126 million and almost 39% of the CSRA's new construction sales.
Julie Whitesell, the broker in charge of Aiken's downtown office, noted that the company contributed to more than 75 charities in 2019. "I love that because our commitment is to our community. Real estate isn't about selling homes and building. It's above love of the community," she said.
John Chambers, Meybohm's executive vice president, jokingly pointed out that the company has grown at such a rate that it is now challenging to find a venue big enough to handle the annual awards event. He also noted that the company, during the past decade, handled 45,000 transactions, whether representing homes or simply acreage.
Velasco commented on her focal point – "a beautiful town," in her words. "I love the quietness of North Augusta, and I love the way that it's moving as far as its real estate. There's going to be a lot of new construction on the ground in 2020, and I think that's well needed for our area. I think it will help us economically and I think we'll see a lot of growth, so I'm really looking forward to what North Augusta has coming."
This year's event was sponsored by South State Bank. Meybohm dates back to 1977 and moved into Aiken County (North Augusta) in 1989. It is based in Augusta, on Wheeler Road.